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Russia dismisses concern over hosting 2018 World Cup

GMA Breaking News - 24 min 27 sec ago
MOSCOW - Russia dismissed concern on Wednesday that it might lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals or face a boycott by other nations after Sepp Blatter's resignation as FIFA president.
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Aiza Seguerra’s muse, wife, critic

Inquirer Breaking News - 26 min 48 sec ago
Aiza Seguerra's biggest inspiration is also his most discerning critic.   The singer-actor, who has been in show biz practically all his life, knows very well that being surrounded by "yes-men" could make an artist believe his or her own hype. That's why he couldn't be more grateful to have a wife like actress Liza Dio, who unfailingly keeps him grounded.   "There has to be someone who will point out your mistakes because no one is perfect," he said during a press conference for his new album "Araw Gabi: Mga Awit ni Maestro Ryan" (Universal Records).   Aiza stressed that, in order to grow as an artist, one must keep an open mind. And though he doesn't...

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Chris Brown in Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - 32 min 10 sec ago
  Singer Chris Brown will perform at the Mall of Asia Arena on July 21.   "We plan to stage a show that will bring the house down... nothing less than a party," said Mike Pio Roda, managing director for Pinnacle Live Concepts, which will mount the show in partnership with concert organizer BoardWorks Media.   Tickets for "Chris Brown Live in Manila" will go on sale starting today at all SM Ticket Outlets. Call 470-2222 or visit www.smtickets.com.   Harvard-Radcliffe concert   Musicians from Harvard University's Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra will perform with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, to support children's rights advocate Stairway...

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Young Filipino MD navigates immigration maze to chase his dream

Inquirer Breaking News - 46 min 46 sec ago
LOS ANGELES --- Among foreign medical doctors practicing in the United States, whose ranks are declining, pediatrician Ryan Chio is rather unusual. At 35 years old, he is among the few practitioners under 40 who obtained their education in the Philippines. It may be several more years before other foreign medical graduates could have the same opportunity he had. "The residency match rate for foreign medical graduates is likely to fall in the coming years," Cotabato City-born Chio told INQUIRER.net. "This is because the numbers of accredited American medical schools and U.S.-trained medical students have increased substantially in the last decade, while the number of residency s...

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Millionaire Chess to add game-show touches to big prizes

Inquirer Breaking News - 47 min 18 sec ago
LAS VEGAS -- Finally, they're doing it -- combine the thrill of the centuries-old game of chess with the excitement of a modern-day TV game show. The spice? The chance to be an instant millionaire. As they often say, only in Las Vegas. Organizers of the Millionaire Chess Open championships have come up with an innovative addition to the tournament that will provide more prizes to what is already the richest chess competition in history. Maurice Ashley, organizer of the five-day tournament at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, scheduled October 8-12, announced Tuesday, June 2, that a player can walk away with as much as $1 million in cash, in addition to the regular prizes...

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California’s chief justice, a Fil-Am, uses wisdom from her mom

Inquirer Breaking News - 47 min 54 sec ago
LOS ANGELES -- Did you know that the highest-ranking judge in California, the Chief Justice of California's Supreme Court, is a Filipino American woman who rose from humble roots in Sacramento? Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on May 29 spoke briefly of her family's farming background and life lessons she learned from the experience, as the 10th "Journalist Law School" at Loyola Law School held a luncheon for members of the news media. The program trains professional journalists who cover the courts on national, regional or local levels, to better meet the challenge of reporting on the legal system even if they don't have a law degree. Loyola Law School provided scholarships t...

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Ramar unveils recyclable paper tubs for Magnolia brand ice cream

Inquirer Breaking News - 49 min 10 sec ago
PITTSBURG, California -- Ramar Foods for the first time in more than 40 years will change packaging material for its Magnolia Ice Cream brand. The company explained that changing to recyclable packaging is part of its "decade long mission to improve nationwide sustainability and to help protect the local California environment" where Magnolia Ice Cream is produced. California became the first in the United States to pass a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and convenience stores. Magnolia's new paper tubs will continue to hold "the same high quality" 1.5 quarts of Magnolia Ice Cream. However, the new tubs they will be easier to recycle and will spend les...

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Azkals unveil locally-made kit for World Cup qualifiers

Inquirer Breaking News - 49 min 36 sec ago
In the country's quest of making it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Philippine Azkals are definitely going all in. And with that dream comes a big leap of faith, entrusting the building of the team's kit to the hands of a local manufacturer. "It's about time that a local brand becomes the team's outfitter," said men's football national team manager Dan Palami. LGR Sportswear was tapped to outfit the Azkals for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. "We were conceptualizing it a couple of years ago, but at that time, they weren't ready yet. We wanted to make sure that when we put up the kit, we can be proud of it and the players can be comfortable and feel proud wearing it. Th...

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Most Asia stocks slip, euro up against dollar

Inquirer Breaking News - 52 min 3 sec ago
  HONG KONG---Asian markets mostly fell Wednesday, while the euro edged higher following upbeat eurozone inflation data as traders track Greece's debt reform talks before a repayment deadline. Tokyo slipped 0.34 percent, or 69.68 points, to 20,473.51 dragged down by a stronger yen. Shanghai closed marginally lower, giving up 0.55 points to 4,909.98. Sydney shed 0.93 percent, or 52.40 points, to 5,583.60 and Seoul lost 0.74 percent, or 15.48 points, to 2,063.16. Hong Kong, however, rose 0.69 percent, or 190.75 points to close at 27,657.47. Dealers moved out of Japanese equities for a second day after the Nikkei posted its 12th straight session of gains on Monday---...

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More than residency, 'foundling' status big question in Poe qualifications

GMA Breaking News - 56 min 46 sec ago
It is not the 10 year residency rule but the “natural-born citizen” clause that has some legal luminaries worried about the possible run of Senator Grace Poe for president or vice president.
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Calbayog police relieved due to slays

Inquirer Breaking News - 59 min ago
TACLOBAN CITY---The entire police force in Calbayog City, Samar province, has been relieved for its failure to stop the series of killings in the city.   At least 81 policemen were transferred to the Samar Police Provincial Office based in Catbalogan City, said Chief Supt. Asher Dolina, chief of the Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO-8). They were replaced by policemen from the provincial office.   Supt. Marten Ordonia, who was assigned as Calbayog police chief two months ago, was replaced by Supt. Salvador Tagle, deputy logistics chief of the police regional office. He was sent to the Provincial Safety Battalion in Catarman town, Northern Samar province. ...

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Nueva Vizcaya provincial gov’t can’t pay in full back wages

Inquirer Breaking News - 59 min 55 sec ago
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya---The provincial government cannot pay in full the back salaries and other benefits of about 70 returning employees who the Civil Service Commission (CSC) earlier ordered reinstated, officials here said.   In a meeting on Tuesday, lawyer Voltaire Garcia, provincial legal officer, told the employees that the province had no sufficient funds to cover about P33.3 million in back wages and other benefits.   "We have already complied with the first part of the [CSC order], which is reinstatement. As for the second part, which is the payment of back wages, we will still try to find the possible sources [of funds]," he said.   The contro...

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Calamity state declared after fire in Pagadian

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 1 min ago
  ZAMBOANGA CITY---The Pagadian City government has declared a state of calamity in two villages that was razed by a fire on Monday afternoon.   Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Antonio Cerilles told the Inquirer by phone that members of the city council on Wednesday passed a resolution declaring Barangays Santiago and San Pedro under a state of calamity.   More than 1,500 families or over 7,000 people were left homeless when fire broke out in the village of San Pedro on Monday noon, said Eric Castillo of the Regional Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Management Committee said.   The fire spread to the adjacent village of Santiago.   Two per...

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Delusions, jealousy play in hostage drama

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 3 min ago
  LEGAZPI CITY---Cpl. Rene Prajele had no derogatory record while in military service before he decided to take hostage 30 people in a Manila-bound bus in Camarines Sur province on Friday.   Though prone to commit minor offenses like other Army enlisted men in his unit, Prajele, 36, was considered by his superior, Col. Claudio Yucot, to have had shown normal behavior despite his mood swings.   Yucot led the Army's 9th Infantry Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, stationed in Bicol, to which Prajele belongs. He is now commanding officer of the Army Personnel Management Center (APMC) in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.   He said he knew the soldier ...

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19 gov’t agencies take closer look at poverty in CamSur town

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 8 min ago
In between giggles, 13-year-old John Lester Ramos shared with the group what he had learned that day from the representative of the government's population management agency: For youngsters his age, it is dangerous for a girl to get pregnant and for a boy to make a girl pregnant.   Ramos was among nine teenagers clustered in a corner of the covered court inside the municipal government's compound in Presentacion, Camarines Sur, on May 28. They listened intently to Harvi Ferreras of the Population Commission who explained their rights, proper values and the need to prevent teenage pregnancy.   In the far end corner of the place, where about 1,000 residents converged ...

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Djokovic victorious over Nadal at French Open quarterfinal

GMA Breaking News - 1 hour 11 min ago
World number one Novak Djokovic handed nine-times champion Rafa Nadal of Spain his second defeat in 11 years at Roland Garros to reach the semi-finals of the French Open with a 7-5 6-3 6-1 win on Wednesday.
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For Lucban tourists, an art challenge, too

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 13 min ago
  A menacing octopus installation made of bamboo strips became a breather to tourists who flocked Lucban, Quezon province. It contrasted with the multihued kiping (rice wafers) adorning most houses on May 15, the day of the town's Pahiyas festival's grand parade.   "This represents a challenge we are posing here in Lucban," said Leslie de Chavez, founder and director of Project Space Philippines (PSP), which organized the "Systems of Irrigation," the banner name for several exhibits of artworks across the town, including PSP gallery on JV Eleazar Street, where the octopus is in full display.   The exhibits began on May 14 and will end on June 11. &nbs...

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UNA shrugs off Senator Grace Poe’s retort

GMA Breaking News - 2 hours 4 min ago
The United Nationalist Alliance on Wednesday shrugged off Senator Grace Poe’s insinuation that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp raised questions about her residency because it is threatened by her possible candidacy in the 2016 presidential race.
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AFP, MILF join forces for 'Brigada Eskwela'

ABS-CBN news - 2 hours 19 min ago
NORTH COTABATO -- For the first time, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and representatives from the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process joined forces with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for a three-day "Brigada Eskwela" in three provinces in Mindanao.
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Marcos to present alternative Bangsamoro bill

ABS-CBN news - 2 hours 28 min ago
MANILA - After several hearings, the head of the Senate committee handling a bill that seeks to create a new Muslim-led autonomous region said he cannot approve the measure in its current form, and vowed to present an alternative.
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